Yesterday, ONEOK Partners, L.P. announced the completion of its Bakken natural gas liquids (NGL) Pipeline, the Stateline II natural gas processing facility, and an ethane header pipeline. The Bakken NGL Pipeline is a $450 to $550 million pipeline that stretches 600 miles from western North Dakota to northern Colorado to transport 60,000 barrels per day of unfractionated NGLs.
"Congratulations to ONEOK on the completion of some critical assets to North Dakota and its robust energy production," said Congressman Kevin Cramer. "The natural gas liquids coming out of the Bakken are another highly demanded resource that doesn't get the attention crude oil does."
The $135 to $150 million, 100-million cubic feet per day Stateline II natural gas processing facility has begun operation in addition to ONEOK's Stateline I and Garden Creek processing plants already operating in North Dakota. ONEOK has announced that it will invest $1.7 billion to $1.9 billion for natural gas gathering and processing projects in the Williston Basin from 2011 to 2015.
"These processing plants not only reduce the amount of natural gas flaring, but provide long-term good paying jobs for North Dakota citizens," Cramer said. "Also, as a Public Service Commissioner during this time of significant investment by ONEOK and others, I know how to make sure projects like these are developed with minimal impacts to our prairie and all its resources we've been blessed with."
Until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Cramer served as a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner from 2003 through 2012. The Commission has jurisdiction over environmental siting of numerous energy infrastructure, including natural gas processing plants and natural gas liquids pipelines.